If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen my many snaps of burritos, I just LOVE burritos. I’m not going to lie, I’m huge fan of BarBurrito since it’s opened in intuMetrocentre and regularly visit while I’m doing my bits and bobs shopping. So, I was shocked that I’d never heard of Zapatista before now because of my love for Mexican food, so when I was invited down with a few other fellow North East bloggers to try their new after 5 menu I jumped at the chance.
Zapatista was Newcastle’s first dedicated Mexican inspired Burrito Bar when it opened its doors back in 2012 by two friends David Wright and Chris Burn in Ridley Place located in Newcastle City Centre. Due to their huge success, they’ve now opened another shop in Grainger Street another major hotspot in the area. The pair, whom I’d say are expert Burrito makers have been perfecting their recipes for years improving every day plus only sourcing the finest and freshest ingredients for their customers. Their aims are to provide good quality handmade food before our eyes, to our exact preferences, in no time at all. You can sit in Zapatista and feel the Mexican vibes or takeaway and eat on the move.
Their day time menu is to die for anyway but they’ve really stepped up their game with their after 5 dishes. I was so excited to try last Wednesday evening when I arrived, of which I was welcomed in warmly by the lovely staff, and greeted with a cocktail. As I sat down, I received some nachos which were paired with the most delicious black bean dip and feta cheese, a nice little starter while we waited for our first taster of the evening. To begin with we had chicken wings, they served us their full selection of mild, medium and hot spices to choose and being the dare devil I am, I tried all three and believe it or not I loved the hot spice which I was surprised about since I’m not really that keen on spicy foods but this wasn’t hot, it was just right. The spices melted in my mouth as I took a bite out of the wings which were topped with spring opinions and sided with a mini salad which was the tastiest salad I’ve ever had by the way.
Next to try was the Taquitos, which is basically two tortillas rolled and fried into a crispy cigar shape then served with shredded salad and salsas. We tried three different types which included the Frijoles (black beans garnished with crumbled cheese chipotle honey and lime mayo), Squash & Chickpea (roasted honey topped with lime mayo) and Chilli con Carne (beef chilli dotted with honey and lime mayo), which was my favourite! It’s really nice to see a brand catering for veggies these days as a close friend of mine whom is a vegetarian has to miss out on a lot of foodie fun sometimes due to her dietary requirements.
We then tried the Tacos, first we sampled the Baji Fish which was lightly battered cod with salsa and chipotle which was devine. I’ve never had fish within a taco before so it was great to try something new and see how the flavours would work together! Secondly we tasted the Meatball tacos, again another wonderful creation which I’ve never tried before and worked SO well, the meatballs were so tasty as I imagine they’ve been moulded together with different spices since it was so flavoursome. As we ate some more, we were then presented with yes you’ve guessed it… more food but this time it was slightly different, not what I expected from a Mexican restaurant and it was Calamari. The Calamari was saturated in panko breadcrumbs served with a squeezed lime and alioli, delish! We also tried the Jalapeno Poppers which were kind of like mozzarella dippers but much more flavoursome as they were nacho crumbed jalapeno and cream cheese. And lastly we had dessert, we got to try two from the menu which were Pineapple and spiced Caramel plus Key Lime Pie… truly scrumptious.
Throughout the night the staff made sure to tell us about their brand new Tahona cocktail menu which has all sorts of crazy creations listed and all Mexican themed of course. We got to try a few different margaritas and lots of tequila, Zapatista pride themselves on their house tequila being El Jimador of which is 100% hand harvested blue weber agave. They also offer a Tequila tasting menu of which I know my boyfriend will love, perfect for a date night or girly date.
So all in all, I had a fabulous night at Zapatista and will most definitely be returning, personally I think their new menu is like a Mexican version of Tapas. Price wise, it really is value for money since dishes range from £4.70 to £6.10 plus their drinks aren’t badly priced either, please note that this menu and cocktails are only available at their Grainger Street venue. I’d certainly recommend Zapatista, head down and visit should you be in Newcastle City Centre soon!